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About today's author: A. F. Stewart:A. F. Stewart was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, and still calls it home. The youngest in a family of seven children, she has always had an overly creative mind and an active imagination. She is fond of good books (especially science fiction/fantasy), action movies, sword collecting, and oil painting. Ms. Stewart is an indie author with several published novellas and story collections in the dark fantasy and horror genres, with a few side trips into poetry and nonfiction. She has a great interest in history and mythology, often working those themes into her books and stories.
Author Interview:1. How did you come up with the concept of your story?
I’ve always loved ghost stories, so that’s what I decided on when I went to write my paranormal tale. And since the submission theme of the Beyond the Wail anthology was “Losers Weepers”, the the La Llorona, or “The Weeping Woman” ghost story seemed an ideal place to start. I also threw in some inspiration from the eerie tales of the “White Lady”, an oft repeated ghost phenomenon. I tweaked a few details of the original tale, added some family drama, and I had a story.2. How did you come up with the title?
The title was simple, I combined the names of the two ghost legends. I put “Weeping Woman” and “White Lady” together, and viola, I had The Weeping Lady.3. What is your preferred writing genre?
I love writing fantasy, preferably darker tales bordering on horror. The Weeping Lady is actually tamer and slightly more upbeat than much of what I write. Although, it is still rather dark.4. Who is your favorite author? Who has most influenced your work?
I have two favourite authors, Neil Gaiman and Guy Gavriel Kay. They are both exquisite writers and masters of storytelling. I adore their work and refuse to choose just one. My biggest influence, though, is Ray Bradbury. His short stories warped my little child brain and imprinted the love of the written word on my grey cells forever.5. What's up next for you?
I have several stories in the submission process for anthologies, including one for the charity anthology, Christmas Lites V. Plus, I have two novels in various stages of creation, a steampunk adventure book, called Racing the Hellfire Club, and a fantasy novel, The Prophecy of Seven. And there’s always a chance of another poetry book showing up in the near future.
Just for fun nerd list:
- Star Wars or Star Trek? Both. And yes, you can love both.
- Hunger Games or Divergent? Neither. Not a big YA fan.
- James Bond or Jack Ryan? Jack Ryan, definitely. I’m a big Tom Clancy fan.
- Sherlock: Robert Downey, Jr. or Benedict Cumberbatch? As much as I adore Robert Downey, Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch has the edge in the Sherlock department.
- Spock: Leonard Nimoy or Zachary Quinto? Leonard Nimoy. Part of me still sees Zachary Quinto as Sylar from Heroes
- X-Men or Avengers? Probably the Avengers, but it’s a tight race.
- Aliens or Predators? Not big on either.
- Minions or Penguins? I love them both, although Pinky and the Brain have top spot in my heart.
- Batman or Superman? Batman, always and forever.
- Harry Potter or Pirates of the Caribbean? Pirates, of course. Pass the rum, boys.
- Beatles or Rolling Stones? Neither. I’d rather listen to The Doors.
- Peter Jackson or James Cameron? Peter Jackson. I was a fan before LOTR.
- Steven Spielberg or George Lucas? Lucas, but that’s just because of the original Star Wars trilogy.
- Vampires or Werewolves? Probably Vampires, but I like them both.
- LARP or MORPG? Neither really, but I’ve always wanted to LARP.
Author: Amanda Banker, Jay Barnson, Julie Barnson, Sebastian Bendix, Tirzah Duncan, F.M. Longo, Ginger C. Mann, Alex McGilvery, L.K. McIntosh, T.N. Payne, Danielle E. Shipley, A.F. Stewart
Editor: J. Aurel Guay
Format: Paperback, Kindle, Kindle Select
Publisher: Xchyler Publishing
Book Source: publisher
Category: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Style: Twelve distinct voices, including a range from humorous to eerie to thought-provoking and mind-bending, to tense and perilous ghost stories that tie your gut up in knots. Some stories may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 14.
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